Tribal energy resources – an opportunity

An article in Indian Country Today points out that last year the Obama administration invested $92 billion on alternative and clean energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

But some have questioned whether Obama’s Green Jobs Act is really creating economic growth and job creation.

This author argues that the money could be put into better hands and produce more jobs and economic activity.

She points out that ten percent of the nation’s traditional and clean energy resources are located on American Indian tribal lands. Native communities hold 55.7 million acres of land, or approximately five percent of the U.S. land base.

She also notes that the U.S. Department of the Interior reports that tribal lands in the Great Plains have a combined wind power potential equalling half of the entire installed electrical generation capacity in the United States.

She states that green jobs for American Indian and Alaska Natives have the potential to significantly decrease poverty in tribal communities.

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